Tips for finding Spring Break travel deals

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Saving on airfare can be as easy as being flexible with your arrival and departure airport. For example, you could find a better rate flying out of Dayton or Akron than Columbus. Or, when flying into Chicago, you may find a better deal flying into Midway than O’Hare.

To save money on hotels, just like with air, you want to book sooner, rather than later. If you wait, you take the risk that the hotel may sell out or if they have less inventory available they will typically increase their rates.

Also, you may want to consider paying for your hotel room in advance. A majority of hotels will give you a lower rate if you pay in advance. A travel agent can work with you to get a pre-paid reservation. Often, you can also save money by bundling your air and hotel together. AAA works with travel providers that offer this option for most destinations. Travel agents can assist you with this.

When it comes to cruises, cruise companies look to fill every cabin on a ship before it sails and these last minute cruises can save you hundreds of dollars. Keep in mind, though, you will need to get to the port quickly and unless you have time to drive there, your cruise savings could be eaten up in last-minute airline tickets.

For tours, you can find last minute deals as they look to fill their motorcoach trips.

These can be anything for domestic to international travel. Just remember to keep in mind how you are going to get to the destination of the tour’s departure.

If you are able to do last minute deals, work with a travel agent that can keep watch on the market for current offers and last minute deals. They then can contact you if something fits your requests.

Some of these deals are known as Flash deals and maybe only available to book for a day (24-hour sale).

These types of offers come and go quickly, so it is best to have a budget set, travel documents in hand and be ready to book when you see the deals pop up.

According to AAA Ohio, there are reduced rates at the following properties for bookings made by March 8 for travel by April 30:

Dominican Republic- Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana

Cancun- RIU Cancun, Royal Solaris Cancun & the Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal

Punta Cana- Melia Caribe Tropical

Call 1-888-AAA-OHIO for more information.

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